Theological Moorings for Canonical Readings

My doctoral supervisor, David Hogg, was once asked in my Theological Method PhD seminar what his method is. I still love his response: "I look for patterns and weird stuff." That is, his approach to reading Scripture consists largely of paying attention to what is repeated and what stands out as extraordinary, either in terms … Continue reading Theological Moorings for Canonical Readings

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Intertextuality in Revelation

Today on Twitter (and by today I mean 2 minutes ago) I mentioned that I think there is much work to be done on intertextuality between Revelation and the rest of the New Testament. Because of John's obvious reliance on the Old Testament, there have been an increasing number of articles and books published on … Continue reading Intertextuality in Revelation

Typology in Chronicles

I'm currently reading Scott Hahn's masterful work on Chronicles, The Kingdom of God as Liturgical Empire: A Theological Commentary on 1-2 Chronicles (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012). Hahn so far has exhibited exegetical acumen (working both the MT and LXX), historical awareness, and theological brilliance. I realize this glowing description may seem to be so … Continue reading Typology in Chronicles

Canonical Method

The third fundamental component of a Christian theological method is that it ought to be canonical. This means that it recognizes the Spirit’s inspiration of all of Christian Scripture and therefore the intertextual interrelatedness of it. This aspect also calls us to recognize the structure of the canon and its influence on interpretation of particular … Continue reading Canonical Method

The Gnashing of Teeth

I'm reading through the Psalms for my daily devotionals, and today I read Psalm 35 [34 LXX]. In this psalm, the speaker asks the LORD to contend for him and deliver him from his adversaries. Interestingly, in v. 16 when speaking of these enemies, he says "like profane mockers at a feast, they gnash at … Continue reading The Gnashing of Teeth

The Cohesion of the Biblical Witness: Inner-Biblical Use of Scripture–Mark Boda

I've been reading through Hearing the Old Testament edited by Bartholomew and Beldman. I thought this quote from Mark Boda was worth passing along. This hermeneutical agenda for biblical theology, which arises from the self-witness of Scripture, explains the ubiquitous interconnections between the various parts of the canon. The Old Testament canon itself displays inner cohesion … Continue reading The Cohesion of the Biblical Witness: Inner-Biblical Use of Scripture–Mark Boda

NT Studies and Intertextual Interpretation

I. Howard Marshall published his review of G. K. Beale's A New Testament Biblical Theology yesterday in Themelios, and was generally positive towards Beale's work. After giving an extensive summary of the book, Marshall praises Beale for being exegetically mindful, but then brings up three areas "for discussion." One of these is Beale's use of … Continue reading NT Studies and Intertextual Interpretation

Article Accepted

I received news tonight that my article "Arbitrary Allegory, Typical Typology, or Intertextual Interpretation? Paul's Use of the Pentateuch in Galatians 4:21-31" was accepted for publication in Biblical Theology Bulletin. It still has to go to the copy editor, and I have no clue on the timeline for publication. But, the hard part is over. … Continue reading Article Accepted

David’s Census

I just got word that my paper, "Intertextuality Between 1 Chronicles 21:1-17 and Genesis 13 and the Problem of David's Census," has been accepted for presentation at this year's ETS meeting. I'll be presenting in the Textual Strategies in the Hebrew Bible section at 4:40 on Wednesday. I'm excited but also nervous - those Hebrew … Continue reading David’s Census

Pet Peeves, Soapboxes, and Hobby Horses

Was Paul intending for his readers to conjure this picture in their minds in Ephesians 6:10-20? Or this? Righteousness shall be the belt of his waist, and faithfulness the belt of his loins (Isa 11:5). How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good … Continue reading Pet Peeves, Soapboxes, and Hobby Horses